PARK MOWING PROGRAM
All grass areas and turf in the Canton Park System is maintained by park system employees and is part of the Parks Mowing Program. Our Grass or turf Program covers roughly 700 acres and includes over 64 individual parks. Some of the activities that are included in daily duties consist of:
- Periodic mowing of general park turf in the system.
- Mechanical trimming around all trees, shrubs and other structures.
- Mowing, trimming and weed control of high visibility/high usage turf.
This mowing program breaks down areas by Athletic Field Maintenance, Common Area or General Park Turf Maintenance and Conservation Area Mowing in natural and set-aside Areas.
Athletic Field Maintenance
We currently maintain turf on 39 athletic fields that are located within the city. Turf is maintained on a weekly basis. Grass height will be maintained at a height of 2.5-3 inches for the following fields:
- Baseball, softball, football, soccer and Rugby fields
There are times when turf heights may exceed 3 inches due to environmental conditions beyond our control. Because many of these fields fall within flood plains, even though the rain has stopped it takes time for the ground to dry and support mowing equipment.
General Park Turf Maintenance
General park turf maintenance includes the majority of our acreage. These turf areas are maintained on a less frequent basis than athletic turf. General park turf is maintained as follows:
- Grass height can exceed 5″ at times but will be cut back to 3″ on a regular basis as time and weather allows.
- This standard will be applied to most of the park system.
- Areas which would be maintained at this standard include neighborhood parks, boulevards, parkways, trail edges and active use areas within the park system.
Conservation Areas include park lands that are maintained on an infrequent basis. These areas are located primarily within our non-developed parks and include some lands within neighborhood parks. Riparian areas along streams and waterways also fall into this category.
Goals for these reduced mow areas are to:
No Mow Zones can be currently found at Reif-Snyder, Harmont, Herbruck, Cook and Ink Park. Interpretive signage was added with a grant from the Ohio EPA Education Fund.
- Maintain park user safety and sight line visibility
- Reduce the spread of invasive and problem plant species
- Reduce mowing frequency in erosion prone areas (riparian zones)